Derby County have seemingly dropped away from the automatic places in the play-off push in recent weeks due to some poor results.
The recent news that Jake Buxton looks set to miss the rest of the season won’t help ease their fears that they could slip out of the race altogether.
The 30-year-old defender requires surgery on a back injury he has sustained and is likely to miss the remainder of what will be a tough play-off push for the East Midlands team.
However, Steve McClaren and his first team coach are optimistic that top goal scorer Chris Martin will return to action after the international break this week.
The 19 goal striker has not played since the 10th of February when he picked up an injury against high- flyers AFC Bournemouth.
Since his injury, the Rams have only won two of their previous nine games but first team coach Paul Simpson is “hopeful” that he will return when they play against Watford on the 3rd of April.
When speaking to BBC Radio Derby, Simpson had this to say about the Buxton’s injury and the possibility of Martin returning: “We are still waiting on Chris (Martin) and Jake (Buxton) could be out for up to eight weeks, so that is a blow.”